American Driving Checklist

If you’re heading off to America for a driving holiday you’re in for a treat as there’s no better way to see the vast and impressive country. 

But before you jump in the plane, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the rules of the road to ensure you’re fully prepared. 

We’ve complied a checklist with everything you’ll need to know to save you some time when doing your research on the American rules of the road.

Vital documents

  • Full, valid driving licence
  • International driving permit
  • Vehicle rental forms (or proof of vehicle ownership)
  • Proof of ID (Passport)
  • Proof of Insurance 

Other requirements 

Driving laws and regulations in the US can change depending on which state you’re in. Use the following as a guide only and make sure you look into the specific rules of the road for area you’re heading to. 

  • You don’t need a reflective jacket, but you must have a warning triangle in the car to be used in an emergency
  • The use of mobile phone handsets is prohibited in most states
  • Use GPS and bring a map so you don’t get lost
  • Some states have banned the use of radar detectors, but it’s unlikely your GPS will be a problem
  • Drink driving laws differ from one state to the next, but driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is strictly prohibited. 
  • US roads often have tolls, especially when entering major cities. How much you’ll pay depends on where you are. Entering New York by road costs $14.00, or $9.75 during off peak hours.
  • Petrol prices are much lower in the US – petrol and diesel usually costs  around 40p per litre 
  • It’s not a legal requirement, however it’s advisable to get breakdown cover when hiring a car 
  • Be aware that undertaking is not illegal on US roads
  • Cars can turn right at a red light as long as it’s safe and there’s no oncoming traffic 
  • Some states experience extreme weather so make sure you keep up with local news
  • Make sure your spare tyre is in good condition



comments powered by Disqus